I wish I had a before and after photo of what my face looked like before I started using these products just two months ago. I had terrible and painful bumps all over my face and as hard as I tried to tame them, a new monstrosity would pop up every single day. I was so desperate to stop these eruptions that I completely scrapped my skincare routine and started afresh. These 5 products changed my face enormously within a week of using them and have restored equilibrium to my face (praying hands emoji).
This cleanser is everything. The Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and the Polished Rice Enzyme Powder have both earned the status of top shelf cleanser in my home but for the sake of keeping this list to 5 products I’ve chosen the oil cleanser as the one. It’s perfect for the facial massage technique that everyone keeps going on about and takes off every smidgen of makeup.
The Joanna Vargas Daily Serum was introduced to me over a year ago when I got a facial at Joanna Vargas’ spa. This is described as “a green juice for your face” and has Vitamin A, C, E and hyaluronic acid to protect and plump your skin. I consider this my skin’s daily vitamin as the antioxidants are meant to act as an additional guard from pollution and sun damage. I never thought that this would warrant the $85 price tag and I rarely repurchase expensive skincare items, but I’ve repurchased this twice now so it’s status as one of my must-have products is now solidified.
Ok. I realize that this may look like a fancy can of water, but after my skincare guru Caroline Hirons touted La Roche-Posay Serozinc’s zit-zapping and skin-soothing abilities I immediately added it to my list. Full disclosure: I discovered this stuff while I was living in London last year when I was able to make frequent trips to Paris to “visit my brother” aka load up on French pharmacy brands (god bless the chunnel). Alors, even though La Roche-Posay is readily available in the US, this can of holy water is only available in France and the UK at the moment. For now, I’ve resorted to using my brother as my Serozinc mule. Maybe if we complain enough, La Roche-Posay will bring it here. It’s worth a shot, right?
I have to admit that I am very bad with sunscreen. Every single one I’ve tried has made me break out, no matter how many times they claim it’s “non-comodegenic” and “safe for acne-prone skin.” In an attempt to avoid sun damage and skirt the small spots that inevitably appear when I put SPF-whatever on my face, I spray on Goldfaden MD’s Sun Visor after I finish my makeup in the morning. In my non-scientifically trained mind I figure that if I put this over top of my serums, primer and foundation they will act as a barrier from allowing the SPF to cause spots. This SPF 30 is meant to be an easy way to touch up sunscreen throughout the day without removing your whole face of makeup to reapply every 2 hours. I realize that the SPF probably doesn’t function as it’s supposed to over layers of makeup, but I figure it’s better than nothing.
The final and most important product I rely on to save my face is an Omega-3 supplement. I have tried multiple Omega-3s and they all work equally. Caroline underlines the importance of Omega-3s in a healthy skin diet and they truly do work miracles on hormonal acne. I take 2 of these a day and since I’ve started taking them I haven’t had a single hormonal spot *knocks on wood, prays didn’t jinx skin*.
These products have really helped me keep my skin clear and avoid those horrendous and painful spots from popping up. I hope these suggestions will help some of you! Do you have any holy grail products that have worked for your acne?